MyHeritage.com, in partnership with AncestryGames.com, has created a new family memory card game. I had a chance to use this game at the recent Who Do You Think You Are? Live! expo in London, England and was impressed with it. This is one of the few genealogy card games I have seen that actually looks appealing to younger family members.
Here is a picture I took of the cards used in a typical family memory card game:
You can play the game strictly online, without printed cards. However, MyHeritage.com can also (optionally) print picture cards from the closest relatives in your tree to create playing cards. Another option is to even include a live picture of one player via webcam. With the cards laid face down, players turn them over two at a time until a match is made. The winner is the person who reveals the most matching pairs.
With up to 16 pairs of cards, it’s possible to include several different generations in any game.
You can click on the above image to see a larger picture.
The game is free to all users. However, there is a fee if you wish to print the playing cards. You can choose the design of the cards and up to 30 relatives (for a total of 60 cards) that you wish to be included in the printed version. Birth and death dates and locations are also featured on the cards, providing this information is in your family tree.
I would expect the printed cards would work well at a family reunion.
You can access the Family Memory Card Game by going to http://www.myheritage.com/ and logging into the family site you created previously on the service. Then click on the ‘Activities’ tab on that family site, and then on ‘Games.’
You can read more about the MyHeritage.com Family Memory Card Game at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/12/prweb4929474.htm and at http://blog.myheritage.com/2010/12/introducing-the-family-memory-game/